Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, August 20th 2009 - 05:06 UTC

Arbitrary arrests and beatings in Honduras, claims Amnesty report

De facto president Roberto Micheletti accuses Zelaya supporters of violence and provoking authorities

In the seven weeks since the military-backed bloodless coup in Honduras, several hundred people protesting against the de facto government have been arbitrarily arrested and beaten by government forces, a new Amnesty International report says.

Wednesday, August 19th 2009 - 12:44 UTC

Mujica meets President Bachelet and expresses admiration for Chile

The Uruguayan presidential candidate said he wants to learn form Chile’s achievements

Uruguay’s ruling coalition presidential candidate Senator Jose Mujica met on Tuesday with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet as part of a regional campaign to boost the Broad Front ticket. Last week Mujica and his ticket partner economist Danilo Astori met with Brazil’s Lula da Silva.

Wednesday, August 19th 2009 - 12:20 UTC

Honduras breaks diplomatic relations with Argentina

De facto president Micheletti also warned pro Zelaya protestors he will not tolerate “vandalism”.

Honduras suspended diplomatic relations with Argentina on Tuesday in retaliation for having its ambassador expelled from Argentina last week. The move stems from tensions between the two countries over the June 28 coup in which Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya was replaced by congressional leader Roberto Micheletti.

Wednesday, August 19th 2009 - 04:54 UTC

US/Colombia free trade treaty “heading for approval”

US ambassador in Colombia William Brownfield

The free trade treaty between United States and Colombia, pending US congressional approval, is on route to be confirmed said US ambassador in Bogotá William Brownfield.

Tuesday, August 18th 2009 - 13:14 UTC

Chilean police charged with shooting and killing Mapuche activist

The killing of the Mapuche activities sparked riots and arson in Santiago

Chilean military authorities have decided to press charges against José Patricio Jara Muñoz, the Carabinero (uniformed police) officer who shot and killed Mapuche activist Jaime Mendoza Collío during a confrontation last week in Region IX. Jara Muñoz is accused of using excessive force resulting in death. Mauches are Chile’s largest indigenous group.

Tuesday, August 18th 2009 - 13:09 UTC

Brazil and Mexico disappointed with their bilateral relations

Lula da Silva and Calderon admitted existence of “some mistrust” among the two largest Latinamerican economies.

Presidents of Brazil Lula da Silva and Felipe Calderon from Mexico called for a strategic alliance between the two countries based on free trade and cooperation between state energy companies Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Petrobras.

Monday, August 17th 2009 - 12:16 UTC

Mexican president proposes free trade agreement with Brazil

Calderon is on the last leg of three country visit to South America

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has said he will propose a free trade agreement with Brazil. “Trade enriches economies,” said Mr Calderon during a meeting with business leaders in Sao Paulo.

Monday, August 17th 2009 - 12:09 UTC

Chile ponders tidal energy potential in Magellan Strait

A positive report was ellaborated by the world’s leading renewable energy consultancy

An initial study on Chile’s tidal energy capacity confirms the country has “unique global potential” for this renewable energy source. According to the report, published by Chile’s National Energy Commission (CNE), even if only 10% of this renewable resource is harnessed, it would exceed the existing installed capacity of Chile’s central electricity grid, or SIC.

Monday, August 17th 2009 - 07:24 UTC

Easter Islanders want to limit resident population

The monumental statues, symbol of the Chilean Polynesian island

The airport of Easter Island was again occupied by protesting locals forcing to cancel flights and causing considerable delay in the rest of the traffic. This is not the first time locals take over the Mataveri terminal in Rapa Nui and for the same reason: to protest the growing number of people who are arriving to become permanent residents.

Saturday, August 15th 2009 - 13:12 UTC

US Navy huge multi-purpose vessel calls in Punta Arenas

USS Makin Island has a crew of 1.100; capacity for 25 choppers and  a fully equipped hospital for 600 patients.

USS Makin Island one of the latest built and largest US Navy multi-purpose amphibious assault ship called in Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile after having sailed through the Magellan Strait.

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